GRAND COUNTY (News4Utah) – Emergency crews responded to a small plane crash near the Utah, Colorado border Tuesday afternoon.
The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office in Colorado said the single-engine plane went down into the Colorado River.
The 59-year-old pilot, the only person onboard the aircraft at the time of the crash, was reportedly conscious and breathing after the crash, but he did suffer some moderate injuries.
Some kayakers spotted the plane and helped clean some of his wounds while they waited for the medical helicopter.
“We saw a plane fly through the canyon and then about 15 minutes later we saw it crumpled up like somebody stomped on a can right at the edge of the water. So we pulled up and the guy was moving around, even walking and talking, but he was pretty clearly in shock,” said one kayaker.
Luckily, they were in an area with limited cell phone service, so they were able to call for help. The pilot was taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center in Grand Junction, Colo.